BEACHWOOD, Ohio- A Northeast Ohio community is on edge after a rash of break-ins involving homes and cars. What's especially troubling is police say some happened while families were asleep inside.
"We got a call from the police department. I guess everybody in the neighborhood got a call, regarding what was going on, that everybody should keep their stuff locked up, make sure they don't keep their doors open, the car, and stuff like that," said Beachwood resident Carl Horowitz.
Many people who live on Edgehill Drive in Beachwood say they are disturbed by what happened this week in their usually quiet neighborhood. Beachwood police say sometime Tuesday night into Wednesday morning someone broke into 13 vehicles and three homes, some while families were asleep inside.
"I was walking the dog at about 6:15 in the morning and there were police, and then when I got home, my neighbor told me that a number of the houses had been broken into," said resident Tracey Evans.
Police say they believe the thieves are juveniles, who hit at least two streets in the neighborhood, stealing GPS units, cell phones and computers. They say all of the cars and homes they targeted were unlocked.
"We just lock our stuff. You gotta make sure your, your car doors are locked. My concern is that they're getting more brazen because they're coming in while people are in the house," Evans said.
Investigators are trying to determine whether the Beachwood break-ins are connected to similar break-ins this week in several neighboring communities. And they're not ruling out a connection to crimes across town in Rocky River.
"It is a little bit disturbing because we don't get too much of this in this neighborhood over here," said Horowitz.
"My dogs have been barking a lot every night the last three weeks and so I've been yelling at them, but I have a feeling 'cause the neighbor, they didn't get hit either because their dogs bark," said Evans.
Beachwood police say they are working with the other police departments to solve the cases. They also say they are submitting some evidence to a crime lab to get more information.